• Reconstructed
  • Re-imagined
  • Rebuilt
  • Scenes
  • From History

The Durham Exchequer House 

was built in the 1440s and is one of the oldest buildings on Palace Green in the city of Durham.
The building played an important administrative role for the bishops of Durham and housed the Chancery court and the bishops financial offices.
It was designed as the public face to the bishops administrations, where he could manage his land his tenants and his business.
The Exchequer was separate from the domestic sphere of the castle and the religious world of the cathedral, and its architecture proudly displayed the bishops power.

Durhams Chancery court was of national importance. It was one of only two courts outside Westminster where equity disputes could be settled.

Use the slider below to compare the 1400 exchequer and the building as it exists today.

In order to compliment an exhibition and tours of the building planned for launch in 2019/20
this project was commissioned to illustrate the architectural and functional evolution over its 600 year life span.

The tour begins on a large format TV screen playing an 8 minute illustrated introductory movie explaining the history of the building.
This is then followed by a guided tour in which the history will be explained with help from a handheld digital tablet.
The tablet will illustrate, interactively, panoramic ‘step back in time’ scenes from the rooms and spaces around the building.